Developing Strategic Recommendations for Implementing Smart Pumps in Advanced Healthcare Systems to Improve Intravenous Medication Safety.
Authors: Sutherland A; Jones MD; Howlett M et al.
Source: Drug safety [Drug Saf] 2022 Aug; Vol. 45 (8), pp. 881-889. Date of Electronic Publication: 2022 Jul 15
Avoidable harm associated with medication is a persistent problem in health systems and the use of preprogrammed infusion devices ('smart pumps') and data monitoring is seen as a core approach to mitigating and reducing the incidence of these harms. However, smart pumps are costly to procure, configure and maintain (in both human and financial terms) and are often poorly implemented. Variation in the manner in which medicines are prepared and used within complex modern healthcare systems exacerbates these challenges, and a strategic human-centred approach is needed to support their implementation.
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